Bucolic (A pastoral poem)
Love can offer her a life of bucolic, pastoral bliss, if only the chosen woman will follow her man.
The Passionate Shepherd to his love
"Come live with me and be my love"
Promise to live with her, no maraige, is it as romantic as it seems?
but maybe indicating that love does not always lead to marraige or that marraige kills love?
"That hills and valleys, dales and fields,
And all the craggy mountain yields"
(personification of nature, way of persuading, irresistable)
Love can be so intense and overpowering it can be like a violent life and death struggle
Love song---------Ted Hughes
"she bit him she gnawed him she sucked"
rule of 3
"Her smiles were like spider bites
So he would lie still till she felt hungry"
Animalistic, violent, compelling, cannot escapw this love/feeling/lust
"...but love is hard to stop...in their entwined sleep...in their dreams..."
unconsciously still together as one.
like a war/ battle between two lovers
lack of punctuation in poem.
lack of self-belief
Some people are unable to find love because in a fragmented, broken world it can be impossible to have the courage and self-belief to commit oneself to another person
Love Song of J. Alfred Prefrock----T.S. Elliot
"Do I dare? and do I dare?"
insecure. has a desire but uncertaun
"do i dare
disturb the universe?
In a minute there is time"
Love after death
Love can be so powerful that it is in every aspect of one's life with God's help will only increase in the afterlife
Sonnet of the Portuguese XLIII
"I love thee with a love I seemed to love
With my lost saints, -I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! - and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better"
First love is so intense that it is difficult to control your body and the whole world seems different, taking the heart to a new place.
First Love----John Clare
"My face turned pale a deadly pale
My legs refused to walk away"
Pain and suffering when in love
"My life and all seemed turned to clay"
Medusa, Greek mythology
"My heart has left its dwelling place
And can return no more-"
no finish, follow on to story
The power of love is such that eventually it wears you out and it can no longer be sought out.
so, wel'll go no more a-roving---Lord Byron
"For the sword overwears its sheath,
And the soul wears out the breast,
And the heart must pause to breathe,
And love itself have rest..."
each line in itself symbolises how the author is tired and worn out
It is a great anguish that it seems that love must be defeated by time like all earthly things, but a poem can make it live forever.
"So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee."
Poem keeps the lover alive through memory and by reading this poem
compared at begining to things which go in a cycle, live and die i.e. flowers in may and a summers day
Sonnet 75----------- Edmund Spencer
"To die in dust, but you shall live by fame:
My verse your virtues rare shall eternalise"
A famous poem shall be your answer to eternal life
"Where whenas Death shall all the world subdue
Our love shall live, and later life renew."
our love shall be eternal and kown by others
element of trut as all die
Greatest thing on earth
Love can be so wonderful that the couple can feel that their love is greater and more powerful than any king or the mighty forces of the cosmos
"For thy sweet love remembered sych wealth brings
That thgen I scorn to change my state with kings."
our love is greater than the wealth of kings
The Sun Rising----John Donne
"Ask for those kings whom thou saw'st yesterday,
And thou shalt hear 'All here in one bed lay'."
He is like every king, you love makes him as rich and powerful
Being rejected in love by a beautiful, but cruel women an leave a man in a astate of utter lifeless misery
How can I forget thee----John Clare
"That farewell voice of love is never heard again,
yet I remember it and think o it with pain:"
Stuck with a memory which only causes pain
In a vicious circle, transfixed by his one-sided love
"Twas here she said farewell and no one yet
Has so sweet spoken - How can I forget"
Haunted by his love, no-one can replace her or make him forget
La Belle Dame Sans Merci----John Keats
"O what can ail thee, knight at arms, "
repeated on 1st line in verse 1 & 2
" O what can ail thee, knight at arms,
So haggard and so woe-begone?"
His appearance, negative illustrating & exacerbating his pain
"I saw pale kings and princes too,
Pale warriors, death-pale were they all;
Who cried- 'La Belle Dame sans Merci
Hath thee in a thrall"
shows how not only one who has suffered at the hands of love
bewitched by a womans beauty by the lake
"I saw their startved lips in the gloam
With horrid warning gaped wide,"
Warnings of not to fall in love due tp the pain, but it is always too late,
love and pain are inevitable?